Negi leads Indian Championship
Saturday, 27 December 2008 12:45
Parimarjan Negi moves into sole lead
P.K. Ajith Kumar
MANGALORE: With just four rounds left, the National ‘A’ chess championship is heading to an interesting finale at the Karnataka Bank Auditorium.
The second-seeded Parimarjan Negi moved into the sole lead after his victory on Friday over Shyam Sundar, but the defending champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, who was held to a draw by P. Konguvel, is just half-a-point behind and has played a game less.
Negi has now six points from nine games while Ganguly’s 5.5 have come from eight games. Akshayraj Kore, who scored a magnificent win against S. Satyapragyan, and K. Ratnakaran, who held third seed Neelotpal Das, are in the third place with five points apiece. Half-a-point behind them is Deepan Chakravarthy, after he drew, with some bit of luck, with M.S. Thejkumar. The day also saw Sriram Jha posting his maiden win in the tournament, against veteran Praveen Thipsay; and it was an impressive win too.
Playing on the white side of the Open variation of a Spanish Game, Negi made his intentions clear and even offered an exchange sacrifice. Shyam Sundar didn’t accept the offer and he rather chose to blunder a piece on the 20th move and resigned five moves later.Fourth victory
After posting his fourth victory in the tournament, Negi said he was playing a lot better than he did in his maiden National ‘A’ in Chennai early in the year. “There I had as many as nine draws,” the 15-year-old said with a smile. “Though I am in the lead, I have a relatively tougher draw in the remaining rounds than Ganguly.”
The results (ninth round): Parimarjan Negi 6 bt M. Shyam Sundar 3.5; Akshayraj Kore 5 bt S. Satyapragyan 4; J. Deepan Chakravarthy 4.5 drew with M.S. Thejkumar 3.5; Sriram Jha 3.5 bt Praveen Thipsay 3; Surya Shekhar Ganguly 5.5 drew with P. Konguvel 4; Neelotpal Das 3.5 drew with K. Ratnakaran 5; B. Adhiban 3 bye.
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